The emergence of the “Toronto Special” Modernist walk-up apartments

The “Toronto Special” is a distinctly urban home that emerged during a post-war period associated with the rapid expansion... Read More

Book Review: Architecture of Normal – The Colonization of the American Landscape

Written by Daniel Kaven, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2022 In the weeks leading up to my 40th birthday, I took an epic road trip. I drove east... Read More

Event: West Coast Modernism in Context, July 5

WEST COAST MODERNISM IN CONTEXT Live Panel Discussion, Q&A + Reception Presented by the West Coast Modern League In Partnership... Read More

A Better Broadway Plan: Radical Pro-Affordability

It’s not a good week to be a member of Vancouver City Council. Confronted with a final decision on the Broadway Plan, and now brutally... Read More

Book Review: 50 Lessons to Learn from Frank Lloyd Wright

Written by Aaron Betsky and Gideon Fink Shapiro, Rizzoli Books, 2021 This book presents the work and imaginings of this iconic... Read More

The Ziggurats of Richmond

They swept away the suburban scenery that once defined much of Richmond and built the ziggurats. Auto shops, blackberry thickets... Read More

Taking Us Where The Sun Don’t Shine – The Broadway Plan

Why bother? The survey flashes across your horizon suggesting a moment of importance. You click on the survey and give your opinion... Read More

REID: Shadows and light – a longstanding debate

It’s an argument, it turns out, that has been going on for centuries. When new tall or mid-rise buildings are discussed, one of the... Read More

The Jericho Lands Need a Human-Scaled Rethink

Vancouver is destined to have a new neighbourhood on its west side, one so densely populated that Council recently approved routing... Read More

Too Obsessed with ‘Character’ Homes?

Go to just about any Vancouver council meeting or public hearing to do with urban growth and you can bet someone will say that change... Read More